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Watteau and the cultural politics of eighteenth-century France

Author: Julie Anne Plax
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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"In Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France, Julie Anne Plax engages in an interdisciplinary examination of several categories of Watteau's paintings - theatrical, military, fetes, and signboards. Arguing that Watteau consistently applied coherent strategies of representation aimed at subverting high art, she shows how his paintings toyed ironically with conventions and genres and confounded
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau; Antoine Watteau
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie Anne Plax
ISBN: 9780521200844 0521200849 052164268X 9780521642682
OCLC Number: 41649747
Description: xii, 260 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Watteau's Departure of the Italian comedians in 1697 and the Battle of the theaters --
Watteau's Military paintings: conflicts and confluences --
The Fete Galante adn the cult of Honnetete --
The meeting of high and low culture in Watteau's Gersaint's Signboard.
Responsibility: Julie Anne Plax.
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"In Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France, Julie Anne Plax engages in an interdisciplinary examination of several categories of Watteau's paintings - theatrical, military, fetes, and signboards. Arguing that Watteau consistently applied coherent strategies of representation aimed at subverting high art, she shows how his paintings toyed ironically with conventions and genres and confounded traditional categories. Plax connects these strategies to broader cultural themes and political issues that Watteau's art addressed throughout his career, thereby revealing the substantial unity of his oeuvre.

Using a wide array of visual and verbal primary resources to illuminate the richness of the visual culture of eighteenth-century Paris and the last years of Louis XIV's reign, Watteau and the Cultural Politics of Eighteenth-Century France contributes substantially to the current reassessment of the period."--BOOK JACKET.

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